A formulation testing and regulatory compliance business has increased its turnover by 70% since moving to the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre in Huddersfield in 2012.
Here2Grow specialises in formulation development, analytical testing, product insights, innovation management and regulatory services to the personal care, cosmetics and household sectors in the rapidly growing natural and organic markets. It moved into the 3M BIC four years ago, and since then has experienced a 70% increase in its turnover.
Husband and wife team Dr Henry and Vinetta Brew founded Here2Grow in 2011. It is a niche organisation providing companies with expert research and development consultancy services. Its aim has always been to de-risk R&D for companies and assist them in realising their new product development aspirations.
Here2Grow has an office and a lab on the 3M BIC’s Innovation Avenue, which runs through the heart of the Centre, housing revolutionary technology, workshops and laboratories kitted out with the latest technology designed for R&D. The space has been designed to provide businesses with state-of-the-art facilities and the breathing space to grow and evolve.
Dr Brew said: “When I discovered the 3M BIC, it was clear that this specific environment had the key components to meet our R&D objectives. I appreciate the open business and science community within the Centre. Access to collaborations and support for businesses are available, which is a huge plus. Having businesses ‘in-house’ in the physical and bio sciences is also an advantage as we can walk into each other’s offices if we need support or are looking for collaborations.
“Our extensive business growth is testament to the effort and hard work that we put into the company, as well as a love for what we do. Although a small team we have big company understanding and experience, teamed up with fantastic facilities that appeal to our global clients.”
3M BIC’s centre manager Dr Michael Wilson said: “Our ethos is all about giving businesses the tools to grow and succeed. In Here2Grow’s case, we provided them with an office to carry out their regulatory compliance services and lab space for R&D, enabling them to target global players in the industry, as well as access a range of technologies in our shared laboratories and on the neighbouring university campus.”
Here2Grow’s portfolio includes start-ups, micro-organisations and several prestigious global companies. The scope of their work covers homecare, laundry, cosmetics and industrial and institutional products. Other services include: consultancy, regulatory and compliance, analytical testing and business insights.